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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6 0 Herata-Zeitung □ Friday, July 28,1995 •rch Ufo ■ o talk with Managing Editor jug Loveday about Church Life, call 625-9144, ext. 21. d - Z e i t u n gChurch Life Church Briefs Counseling oontor established by Oakwood Baptist Churel! Oakwood Baptist Church has established a counseling center. It is directed by ai I licensed marital family therapist who provides individual, marital, family and child/adolescent services. The service is open to everyone, with reduced sliding fees based upon income. Appointments can be made by calling 620-6258. Christmas ohssr visits In July The First Protestant Church Family Life Center at Coll and Seguin streets, will have its annual "Christmas in July" Bazaar on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the first time, the Bazaar will be on a Saturday to encourage more people to attend, and child care will be provided while parents shop. The traditional lunch of potato soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage will be served. At $4, it's a bargain I We invite our friends and families from our community as well as our church families to come enjoy a great lunch, buy lovely handmade treasures and help support the .Women's Fellowship mission projects. Soup will be vailable to take home if ou can’t stay to eat. Before or after lunch, £>egm your Christmas ^shopping early, selecting rf rom a wide variety of ^handmade items and delicacies such as: I* The Bakery-Many inds of homemade reads, pastries, cakes, ookies and pies (cream ies made the day of isale). »> * Canned Goods— ^Homemade jellies, jams, pickles, fruits, etc. * * Stitchery—Dish towels, potholders, quilts, pillow cases, and many, unique jwhimsical gifts for the liome. i * Decorations—Seasonal ^especially Christmas) and year-round decorative Jtems. \ * For Children—Clothing, grafted toys, crib linens. ; ' Antiques—Depending on what is received. * We invite you to help us /each out to those in need. For more information, please call Linden Anderson at 625-4823. |Riimiitag« sal* planned at Sis. ‘Pater Ak Paul j;Sehool jj Sts. Peter & Paul School’s ^Annual Summer Rummage J Sale will be held Friday, £ Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. £5. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will be held in |'St. Mary’s Hall on the Sts. Peter and Paul Church grounds on W. Bridge Street. The sale will be held both upstairs and downstairs in the hall building. , There will be all kinds of things for sale, both new £and used—clothes, furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, toys, housewares, books, arts and crafts materials, and many other things, too numerous to I mention. For more Information, call 626-1729 during the day Communities h Schools First Protestant honors program Herald-Zeltung ptioto by DOUG LOVEDAY Partners with our youth (I to r) First Protestant Church School Director Joyce Poe, CIS board of directors’ Acting President Jan Kennedy, CIS students David Johnson and Andrea Saenz, and CIS Executive Director Jack Harris attended a service and reception at FPC celebrating the CIS program. Sunday, the congregation of First Protestant Church (FTC) and the staff of the Comal County Communities in Schools (CIS) program joined together during the 10:30 morning worship service to honor participants and supporters of the CIS program. Students, their family members, teachers, employers, members of the CIS board of directors, and CIS staff members were present to accept the much-deserved recognition. Following the service, a celebration reception was held in the Family Life Center where congratulation certificates were presented. Members of the Church Life committee, chaired by Doris Brandt, served punch (donated by the McDonald's corporation) and cookies (donated by HEB and members of the church). Numerous staff members and volunteers have assisted in the program by donating their time and skills. The program has definitely set a successful track record throughout the New Braunfels area. Participants in the program are committed to decreasing the drop-out rate in Texas schools, by increasing each student’s chance of being successful in school. CIS promotes and facilitates both community and social services to young people and their families who live in at- risk situations. The Greater New Braunfels CIS program currently services 9 campuses within Comal County, serving both local school districts. During the 1994-95 schoolyear, over 900 families were assisted by project directors. Program development has three central components: personalism, accountability, and coordination. Project directors focus on developing relationships with students and their family members, helping them to overcome obstacles that could prevent a successful academic career. Of the 40 students participating in the CIS Summer program, FPC daycare employed 5 CIS students. Mrs. Joyce Poe, FPC school director, stated, “These young people are great. The kids love them and they really help the teachers they are assigned to assist. The teacher-student “mentoring” relationship increases the self-esteem of both the student and the teacher. We would love to have them year-round. They have become a very valid part of our educational program. I would encourage every employer to consider becoming a part of this program.” For additional information, call Jack Harris, CIS executive director at 620-6200. Is The Church Ready For Revival? My friend had a problem. A big problem. After taking on the job of digging a water tank (a pond to you Yankees), he realized too late how big a job it really was. I remember him telling me that he needed a bigger bulldozer and thinking he must be kidding. I’d seen his bulldozer and the mayhem it could produce in the dirt. The problem was that the summer dry season was ending. Soon the rain would come and there would be no chance to finish the project. And if it wasn’t “deep and wide,” his paycheck would be “short and thin.” The payoff would be proportionate to the size of the tank. So day after day he would dig a little deeper. In fact, he dug for an entire month. And the anxiety all along was not that the tank would be too deep. The anxiety was that it would rain before the hole was deep enough. You see, once the rain starts, the digging stops. Whatever time and effort you put into the reservoir is directly proportionate to die amount of rain that it will hold. John was determined to get that hole dug before the rain came. And did it come. Soon after the bulldozer backed out for the last time, the clouds moved in. In a matter of days the tank was not just full but overflowing. Filled to the brim! In hindsight, it could have been dug just a little deeper. Lately, I hear a lot of talk about revival in the land. Asbury College and the surrounding community of Wilmore, Ky. have been jolted by revival. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Ovist, has predicted a coming revival after a 40-day test that dramatically changed his life. Public Dennis (iillihtef D a i I y Bread confession of sin overtook chapel services at the Baptist Seminary in Waco. Promise Keepers has attracted more than 500,000 men this year alone and continues to sell out conferences around tee country. So the question is not will God move in revival again. The question is will the church be ready? George Bama, noted statistician and church researcher, notes that the church’s “vitality” has actually declined The average weekend adult attendance at church services is now 92 people— down from 102 in 1993. And nearly 70-80 percent of church “growth” in America is actually transfer growth. So whether your church is growing or not, the problem is the same. Souls are not being won to Christ, which means that a spiritual shallowness has infected the church. A shallowness that is the result of carnal living, selfish lifestyles, and a lack of holy living. How’s that for putting it on the line? There it a beautiful passage in the book of Genesis that reads: “And Isaac dug again tee wells of water which they had dug in tee days of Abraham his father.” Genesis 26:18 Simply put, the jealous enemies of Jacob had filled in the wells that his father Abraham had dug years before. And because God intended to bless Isaac with much livestock, he needed to dig again the wells that had been covered and neglected through the years. That sounds a lot like what God is instructing the church to do now. Dig again the wells of zeal and love for God that have been neglected and filled by the enemy. Dig down past the ashes of bygone fire and uncover the embers of love for Jesus that remain. One old revivalist who witnessed the Azusa Street visitation wrote in 1905 that “the depth of revival will be determined exactly by the depth of the spirit of repentance.” That is truth. Plain and simple. Now understand real repentance. Repentance is not carrying around a load of guilt or beating ourselves up over past sin. Repentance is what digs into our soul and makes a place for tee Spirit of God to rain into. Repentance produces the reservoir that holds revival when God cuts loose in power. And that is why it is critical that all of us dig in and get to work. Because God intends to revive His church again. And those individuals and churches that have done tee work of “digging the tank” in tee dry season will be “filled to the brim” in revival. So don’t miss out. Get in on the cleansing and the refreshing. Sow in tears of repentance so we can all return with a shout of joy! Dig your well a little deeper so you can be more filled with the Spirit of God. And keep your eye on the horizon. You never know when the clouds of revival will move in. (Dennis Gallaher is pastor of Friendship Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.) A good life is measured by deeds done for strangers It was April 31 st, a warm but rainy afternoon. I was lying on the couch with my eyes closed, attempting to collect my thoughts for the day. Suddenly, I heard a knock at the door. Upon opening the door I saw a man, wearing a white suit, standing in the rain and yet not getting wet. It all seemed natural somehow. He said, “Your time has come, pick up your ’Earthly’ bag.” I reached behind me and picked up my bag which was bulging. As we walked out the door, we were immediately in a huge room, filled with silver vaults, each engraved with someone’s name. The man in the white suit began to empty my “Earthly” bag. He took out tee love of my parents and placed it in their vaults, he took out the hugs of my children and put them in my children’s vaults, he took out the love of my husband and put it in his vault, on and on, encompassing the compliments of friends, the smiles of strangers and the warm handshakes of the people at our church, cm and cm until my bag was empty. He looked at me and I felt fright and anticipation all at once. He then took me to the vault marked ISLA GIEFER DANIELS. I stopped him and asked, “What is happening?” He answered, “Your life is not measured by how full your ’Earthly’ bag is but how many bags you have helped fill. Let me explain, each time you do something for another person, it is eventually placed up here in your Heavenly Vault and at your last day all the contents of your vault are taken out and placed in your ’Heavenly’ bag. For example, I took the love of your parents from your ’Earthly’ bag and placed it in each of their vaults so on their last day it will Isla defer Daniels help fill their ’Heavenly* begs. You see, you cannot go beyond theme doors marked ETERNAL HAPPINESS unless your ’Heavenly’ beg is full and _standing upright.” Very carefully he started to open my vault, I was so afraid! I placed my hands over my face, like a child, and peered through my fingers. I could see the past! The hugs and kisses I gave my mother, the toys I shared with my Hte looked at im and said, “My child, do you not know it is not enough to love your family and friends and those closte to you?" friends, the love I felt for my father, brother, husband and children, the smiles and handshakes I gave to those who were dear to me, my bag was filling up!...The kindness I showed my neighbors...But wait, my vault was empty and my bag was not filled! I cried, “What happened, I was a good person, why isn’t my bag filled?” I started to cry in dismay. He looked at me and said, “My child, do you not know it is not enough to love your family and friends and those close to you? Have you not heard it said: “Love your enemies—clo good to those who hate you. lf you love those who love you what merit have you?” He reiterated by reading from Luke 6. Let me read to you what I remember him reading to me... But I say to you who are listening, Love your enemies do good to those who hate you. And if you love those who lave you, what merit have you? For even sinners love those who love them And if you do good lo those who do good to you, what merit have you? For even sinners do that. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, not hoping for any return, and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Most High. Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they pour into your lap. For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you. Suddenly I felt myself falling, faster and faster until my head hit the edge of the couch. Was I relieved! I looked out the window and it was still raining. Was it a dream or did I get another chance? It really doesn’t matter! I felt like Scrooge in “The Christmas Carol”! It wasn’t too late! I immediately went to the phone and started to make calls, I got my stationery and wrote some notes, I even ran to the door to greet the mailman whom I normally ignore. I made resolutions: to talk to the shy person at gatherings, smile at and compliment the girls at the check-out. Oh, there are so many strangers I can touch in my life! For now, every time I fill a lunch bag or empty a grocery bag or carry a shopping bag, oh yes, or glance at the bag I carefully taped to my refrigerator that Monday afternoon, I will remind myself to fill someone’s “Earthly” bag so my "Heavenly” bag will be full and standing upright on my last day. (Isla defer Daniels is a New Braunfels resident.) Religion Briefs Circuit-Riding Minister Tends Widespread Flock by Plane FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Jack Kintner keeps such a busy schedule that coffee hour is just IO minutes long. The state ferries cannot match his island-hopping pace, so he does his circuit-riding by plane. Sundays are his busiest day Kintner, pastor of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans, starts with services in Friday Harbor at 9:30, heads for Lopez Island at 11:30, and ends at Orcas Island at 1:30. The island congregations are too small to support their own preacher, so since 1985, church members have relied on a Kintner and his pilot’s license for their Sunday religious needs. About 25 people attend each service. Kintner, 50, who lives in Bellingham, hops from island to island in a 1967 Cessna 172. The plane enables him to respond to his congregants’ needs as quickly as most urban pastors. He misses a few services a year due to weather, but said he would miss more if he relied on a boat, which is slower, more expensive, and harder to manage at night. “The airplane became more of a ministry tool than we ever anticipated,” he said. He uses it to visit the sick and to take the elderly to medical treatments in Seattle. The congregation first leased a plane, then bought the Cessna for SI8,000 in 1992. CompuServe Offers Catholic Bervie* COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Catholic Online, a forum for Roman Catholics, has been made available by CompuServe Inc. The forum, created last month, includes files on such subjects as church and papal history, the Bible, abortion issues, religious education and religious graphics. Message centers allow users to post and read messages and plans call for an online edition of Catholic Digest. CompuServe Information Service, based in Columbus, has 3.2 million members worldwide. Presbyterians Pray For Paace in Korea CINCINNATI (AP) — A meeting of South Korean and North Korean religious leaders was a highlight of the 207th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prayer ribbons from North and South Korea were tied together at the intersection of a cross during a symbolic celebration at which prayers were said for the peaceful reunification of Korea. “Korea and Ireland are the only countries left in the world that are cut in two,” said Mar] Carpenter, moderator of the assembly. “Their walls are not down." Participating in the ceremony at the recent assembly were the Rev. Ya Sup Bae, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of South Korea; the Rev. Ki Soo Kim, moderator of the Presbyterian Church, also of South Korea; and the Rev. Yung Sup Kang, president of the Korean Christian Federation of North Korea. The Presbyterian Church in the Korean began its process toward reunification in 1983. The largest body of Presbyterians outside the United States is in Korea, church spokesman Jerry Van Matter said. Send your church news submissions to: Herald-Zeitung Church Life, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. Or fax items to 625-1224. ;